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NO ONE DESERVES TO BE ABUSED OR ASSAULTED

As a survivor, it’s important to remember that you are not alone. If you’re in a domestic violence situation, perhaps you’re afraid to leave or are still hoping that things will change and get better. If you’ve been sexually assaulted, it’s natural to feel scared, helpless, angry or even numb. Perhaps you’re not even sure if you’re in an abusive situation or have been sexually assaulted. Below is more information about what domestic and sexual violence constitutes and how we can help with your healing process. It’s natural to feel trapped, powerless and as if no one will acknowledge your pain, but we believe you. Whether it is emergency shelter, counseling or just sitting down and exploring your options, we are here to help you.

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ARE YOU BEING ABUSED?

Does your spouse or partner:

  • Control where you go and what you do?

  • Constantly criticize you and your abilities as a spouse, partner, parent, or employee?

  • Behave in an overly protective manner?

  • Threaten to hurt you, your children, pets, family members, friends, or him/herself?

  • Suddenly get angry or lose his/her temper?

  • Destroy or threaten to destroy your personal property?

  • Punch, slap, choke, kick, shove, or bite you?

  • Prevent you from working or attending school?

  • Deny you access to financial assets such as bank accounts, credit cards, or the car?

  • Give you an "allowance" and insist that you account for what you spend?

  • Force you to have sex against your will?

  • Insult you or call you names?

  • Use intimidation or manipulation to control you or your children?

  • Humiliate you or your kids in front of others?

  • Turn minor incidents into major arguments?

  • Blame his/her behavior on you, his/her temper, stress, drugs/alcohol?

Have any of these incidents happened more than once in your relationship? Have they increased in number or severity over time? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may be a victim of domestic violence.

 

Below is the Power and Control Wheel, which display various tactics abusers use to control and overpower their victims. 

DOMESTIC ABUSE

EMOTIONAL ABUSE

SEXUAL ABUSE

HAVE YOU BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED?

Have you been forced to participate in a sexual activity or have been intimately contacted against your will? Then you have been sexually assaulted. Any unwanted sexual contact is assault; this includes any sexual touching over or under your clothing, intercourse, oral sex, attempted rape, forcing you to touch them or any other unwelcome sexual activity.

 

The only blame in a sexual assault situation lies with the offender. You are in no way responsible for being sexually assaulted by dressing a certain way, doing particular activities or being around certain people. No one ever deserves to be assaulted. Even your partner or spouse can sexually assault you, as long as there's no consent, it is sexual assault. 

 

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT QUIZ

During sexual contact:

 

  • Were you afraid to say no or resist?

  • Were you threatened or someone you love threatened if you did not perform a sexual act?

  • Were you ignored when you said no?

  • Were you forced to participate in sexual acts through psychical restraint?

  • Did someone participate in sexual acts with you without your consent or when you were unable to give consent?

  • Were you unable to give consent because of illness, alcohol, drug use, or age?

  • Were you given drugs or alcohol without your consent or knowledge?

  • Did you feel emotionally or physically coerced into sexual contact?

  • Did you pass out or fall asleep to wake up to someone having sexual contact with you?

 

If you answered "yes' to any of the questions above, then you may have been sexually assaulted. The first step to help is recognizing the problem. We are here to help you. 

WHAT IS SEXUAL ASSAULT?

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

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